JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Cole from Jacksonville
Everyone knew Trevor had generational physical talent, but I don't think anyone knew about his mental fortitude. This kid never lost at any level and the amount of adversity he has faced since he got here has to be as much or more than any other prospect of his prestige. The way he has overcome that adversity while never wavering in his belief in himself is the most impressive thing to me. Duval has waited a long time for this. One fer the kid!
Good eye – and this is a huge reason to feel good about this franchise's long-term prospects. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence indeed is a generational talent; there seems little reason to doubt that anymore. The key now is for Lawrence to continue building on his talent – and to continue the rapid development and improvement he has shown over the last six games. Reaching and maintaining an elite level of quarterback play takes daily diligence, focus and dedication. It also requires mental toughness, something Lawrence began showing in the disaster that was the Jaguars 2022 season – and something he clearly showed playing through difficult situations this season. That characteristic was a major reason confidence around the organization remained high in Lawrence this past offseason, and it's a major reason why it's hard to imagine him not being very good for a long time. He's special physically, mentally and in his approach.
Nick from London, England
Am I right in thinking if the Jags win this week and the Titans lose, whatever happens in Week 17 is irrelevant as any combination of outcomes still means the division is decided by the game in Week 18? If so, how do Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson and Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel approach Week 17? Would you advocate sitting down a bunch of starters for the Houston game? Or anyone with minor injuries? Or is this team too young or just "not there yet" to consider that?
I would not advocate that unless there was zero chance of the Jaguars making the postseason as a wild card at 8-9 with a loss to Tennessee in the regular-season finale.
David from Maplewood, NJ
John, Lawrence's progress since the second quarter of the season is absolutely stunning. I was one of the fans not necessarily doubting but wanting to see more. There is nothing more to see. He may already be the best quarterback in franchise history, although Mark Brunell before the knee injury was special – albeit in a very small sample. Post-injury he was a good-to-very-good quarterback, but I think Lawrence is better.
It's tough to compare quarterbacks – or much about the NFL – across two decades, and you're comparing a quarterback in Brunell who played eight or so seasons to one in Lawrence who has played well for about six weeks. But Lawrence during that six-week span indeed has played at a higher level than any quarterback in franchise history. I expect him to improve from how he is playing now. But if he just maintains this level … yes, he'll be the best quarterback in franchise history.
Steve from Nashville, TN
The forecast for Thursday evening in Northeast New Jersey looks to be fairly miserable with rain and temps in the mid-forties. Should these conditions temper Jaguar Fan's enthusiasm?
The Jaguars fared poorly in their last game in such conditions. That was a 29-21 Week 4 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which Lawrence lost four fumbles and threw a costly red-zone interception. I'm assuming that the wet-ball sloppiness that day was a one-off – or at the very least that it won't be as significant a problem. I don't know that Jaguars fans need to temper their enthusiasm because of the weather. There's no reason it has to hurt the Jaguars more than it does the Jets.
Adam from Allentown, PA
I love the way this team is playing. Tough, gritty and unflappable. If I could tell them one thing it's this, "KEEP WINNING." DTWD
Winning is cool. Fans like it. And Adam wants the Jaguars to keep doing it.
Hobo from Random Locations
Robinson out, Taylor with a hamstring issue. Is this cause for alarm? O-line has been healthy, except for Ben, does this change our offense?
The Jaguars' offensive line is perhaps facing its biggest crisis of the season with left tackle Cam Robinson likely out for the season with a knee injury. While right tackle Jawaan Taylor left the Dallas game with a hamstring injury, he returned and is expected to start against the Jets. The seriousness of the crisis therefore depends on how Walker Little plays in Robinson's place. Little, a second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, played well playing both right and left tackle against Dallas. If he plays that well moving forward – and if he can match how Tyler Shatley has played playing in place of Ben Bartch at left guard – the Jaguars will be OK here. Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor said on Tuesday Robinson's absence won't change what the Jaguars try to do offensively.
Royce from Jacksonville
Jaguars Owner Shad Khan got it right finally with Head Coach Doug Pederson … Go Jags!
Royce is "all in."
Rob from Jacksonville
Doug Pederson for Coach of the Year? Who has done a better job?
He would have my vote. Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions, Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers and Kevin O'Connell of the Minnesota Vikings have strong cases, too.
Steve from Fairfax, VA
The Jags went from having the worst coach in NFL history to having the best coach in their franchise history. Here's one for Dougie P!
Pederson is doing a remarkable job this season. Tom Coughlin coached this team to two AFC Championship Games, four playoff appearances and two AFC Central titles during his tenure, so I won't put Pederson automatically atop the list of all-time great Jaguars head coaches. We've talked a lot in this forum recently about the importance of being nice. I therefore opt not to address your first premise just now.
JR from The Squatchlands
"They are the worst team in professional football" said my wife after a furious comeback only to see Trevor Lawrence cough up the football with 90 seconds left. She is the smartest person I know. Thank the Universe she was wrong just this once. D-D-D-Duuuvaaal!!!
I thought my wife was wrong once. I posited this to her, and she assured me I was incorrect. She was right, as it turned out.
Brian from Round Rock, Texas
Did you notice the defensive players smiling and laughing in between plays where they were selling out to hit as hard as they could? This was while they were still down and coming back. It was strange and amazing. They knew they were going to win and were having fun giving it their all.
This team is resilient and never lost confidence – even during some times when they hadn't really played well enough to deserve to be confident. Credit to Pederson. Scheme and playcalling matter in the NFL, though sometimes not how – or nearly as much as – fans and observers believe. But a head coach's biggest job is setting organizational tone and having players believe in the direction. Pederson has been off-the-charts good on that front.
Ross from Mechanicsville, VA
I don't know if this is different, but in the locker room huddle after the game, the Jags don't say "team" or "Jags" or something like that. They often say things like "family." Is this a norm for good teams, or is it a little piece of evidence about how close this group is? Or am I reading too much into it?
You're probably overthinking it a bit. I've been around a lot of teams that had a lot of different sayings and mottos. They didn't really correlate to on-field results. This team is close, though. And that closeness has a lot do with how it was able to overcome adversity and play through some difficult situations.
Marcus from Jacksonville
Win on the road, check. Win on the West Coast, check. Come from behind victory, check. Win in Nashville, check. Beat an NFC team, check. Solidify the future of the franchise, check. Meaningful football in December, check! We could wrap it up today and this would have been a very successful year…but I guess if they want to keep going, I'll keep watching!
Good perspective. The way to measure success for this team this was by season's end to feel good about Lawrence's future and to feel good about the organization moving forward. It would be surprising if from a big-picture view you didn't feel good about both following Week 18.
Howard from Homestead, FL
I checked out the Cowboys website. Their editors have a mailbag. They answer one question a day, four days per week. You really are the king of all funk, aren't you?
I am the king of all funk.